Monday 27 June 2016

Storm Collectibles teases 1/12 Shao Kahn figure

With Scorpion & Sub-Zero open for pre-orders and Goro shown at several toy conventions, it looks like Storm Collectibles aren't slowing down.

They have teased, what should be the 4th figure in their 1/12 Klassic line, to be Shao Kahn..

Looks like they will be collaborating with Studio Hive for this project. Looking good, Shao Kahn will make an awesome addition to the line but the 2nd tease blew my mind!

Fuck-a-doodle-doo! Are they going to include his throne with Shao Kahn?! That's going to be sick! This is going to turn out great!

Anyone else following this line?

E3 2016: My Sony Press Conference Highlights

Just wow! Sony just blew it away with their Press Conference at E3 2016! I was watching the Microsoft Press Conference before Sony had theirs and I thought Microsoft did rather well..

Project Scorpio with their Teraflops (what?!) was promised to be the most powerful console ever, even with Sony's PS4 Neo in the works.

Sony, however, stuck with what they are best at.. and showed off games, games & more games! Trailer after trailer hit and everything looked amazing!

Check it out for yourself!

What a way to start the conference with a live orchestra that I was very sure was a God of War track! True enough it was the latest God of War. The start of the trailer got me a little confused but when Kratos walked out of the shadows... that my friends was my best moment of E3 2016!

A slightly different looking Kratos but it was him alright..  Albeit a supposedly more mature & responsible Kratos is what we will see in this game. With his son probably playing a huge role in the game, I'm expecting some emotional moments.

Game looks unfamiliar with the new setting and camera angle but there's definitely the familiar brutal combat. I felt they made the right choice with the new Norse setting and building the game from the ground up again so that this new God of War will feel fresh after the numerous games we already had.

I was predicting this and the reveal didn't disappoint.. Definitely one to look out for!

Days Gone - Another new reveal but yet another Post Apocalyptic/Zombie game. Will it stand out from a genre that has produced games like The Last of Us and Dying Light. Story Trailer did look like this could be another emotional one like TLOU but that gameplay demo with the hordes of zombies reminds me of the movie, World War Z. Another game to keep an eye out for.

The Last Guardian - I didn't really follow this but the more I see it, the more I'm liking it. Going by people's expectations of this game, I might be missing out if I don't try this. 1 more game to my want list!

Horizon: Zero Dawn & Detriot: Become Human will also be games to look out for. Looks interesting but still not very convinced yet.

and then.. the return of Hideo Kojima with his latest production, Death Stranding.

No details revealed apart from Norman Reedus who was fully err.. revealed. 
I have never played a Hideo Kojima game and I have absolutely no clue what this is about but will be watching this. Doubt it's going to be released anytime soon though,

Next up.. Spider-Man as a PS4 Exclusive!

Last year, Sony got me scratching my head thinking how they managed to get Street Fighter V as a console exclusive. Now, they got Spider-Man?! 

I dunno man.. I know they say true gamers own all consoles but if you got to choose, there's only 1 clear winner for me.. #justsaying

Unlike Ubisoft's VR games, PlayStation's VR games actually looked really good.

The one that stood out for me was Batman Arkham VR. Yes, I haven't seen any gameplay footage but I'm interested in the idea of being Batman himself!

I'm still not ready for a VR set yet.. especially at launch but I'll be watching the games closely. 

Plenty of amazing stuff shown off at the PlayStation Press Conference. It was trailer after trailer with some big reveals. Almost everything looked great.. But anyone else thought it was rather short? Just over an hour.. while Ubisoft and Microsoft had 2 hour long conferences.

Well, you could argue the notion that Quality rather than Quantity but I couldn't help but feel it was oddly short for a Press Conference. 

There were some rumours that Red Dead Redemption 2 was supposed to be announced at E3 but was pulled out of the show because of the nature of the trailer content which had some parallels to the mass shooting in Orlando. Sony has denied that anything was cancelled from the show however. 

However, I don't believe that.. Take-Two, the parent company of Rockstar Games and 2K, did say that they would be a huge presence at E3 2016. What did they bring to E3? Mafia 3 was all I remember.. 

Rockstar Games do usually show off their games at Sony's Press Conference, so looking at the unusually short conference, makes me believe something was definitely cut.

So, if it indeed was RDR2 that was cut from the show and the reason was because of the shooting, then I have to say that it was the right decision..

However, there's still plenty of amazing games to look forward to in the coming year that's definitely going to be keeping me busy!

So which was your favourite or surprise? Any disappointments? Tell me in the comments below!

Tuesday 14 June 2016

E3 2016: The Collector's Editions

Gone are the days where games are only released as a single disc case... These days, many gamers find it a disappointment if some form of Collector's Edition isn't released for their favourite game. 

Statues, replicas, art books, sound tracks are just some of the goodies you can find in most Collector's Editions.. and with dozens of new games announced at E3 2016, there's plenty of CE updates as well.. 

Here's all the good stuff!
(Be warned.. you might start throwing your wallets at the screen..)

Starting with one of the longest awaited games..

The Last Guardian Collector's Edition

- Premium Steelbook Game Case + Game Disc
- Premium Statue
- 72-page Art Book
- Digital Soundtrack (10 tracks)
- Sticker Sheet
- Collector's Box

Dishonoured 2 Premium Collector's Edition

- Corvo Attano's Mask Replica and Stand
- Emily Kaldwin's Ring Replica and Display Box
- Collectible 'Legacy' Metal Case
- Digital Imperial Assassin's DLC Pack
- Full Colour Propaganda Poster
- Dishonored: Definitive Edition 

Horizon Zero Dawn Collector's Edition

- Steelbook Case + Game Disc
- 9" Aloy Statue
- Art of Horizon Zero Dawn 48 Page Art Book
- Exclusive PS4 Theme
 - Additional Digital Content

Titanfall 2 SRS Collector's Edition

- Game Disc
- Dog Tag Flash Drive
- Pilot SRS Field Journal
- Titanfall 2 Vanguard Pilot Helmet Replica
- Accessories: A tactical spotlight and targeting laser sight
- Squad Morale Patches and Vanguard Shemagh Scarf

Titanfall 2 Marauder Corps Collector's Edition

- Game Disc
- Titanfall 2 Illuminated Pilot Bust
- Pilot SRS Field Journal
- Exclusive Fine Art Mini-Prints
- Paracord Survival Bracelet
- Squad Morale Patches

South Park: The Fractured But Whole Collector's Edition

- South Park: The Fractured But Whole Game Disc
- South Park: The Stick of Truth
- An exclusive set of in-game costumes and a bonus perk to get you started
- A set of physical lithographic prints with art from South Park Studios
- A six-inch replica figurine of “The Coon” by UbiCollectibles and ArtToys
- In-game Towelie

Do note that there is a Collector's Gold Edition as well which includes the Season Pass.

ReCore Collector's Edition

- Game Disc
- Hand painted and finished Joule and Mack Premium Statue (14 inches Tall, 6 lbs heavy).
- Exclusive metal case.
- Exclusive Lithograph and Corebot Alphabet Decoder Dial.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - EB Exclusive Julianos Pack

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Special Edition
- 39cm Replica of the shrine of Julianos

That's a hell lot of amazing Collector's Editions coming to us. Also updated the blog with Watch Dogs 2 Special Editions and Mafia 3 Collector's Edition previously. 

Some of these CEs are store/region exclusives, so what is offered in your country might vary.

Should that not be a problem, which ones are you getting?!

E3 2016: My Ubisoft Press Conference Highlights

Ubisoft, Ubisoft.. Can't help but to say that many gamers are getting frustrated with Ubisoft and the confidence in them is dropping. It didn't help that a video detailing the various graphical downgrades that Ubisoft games received was uploaded just a week before E3, putting them under scrutiny.

Despite some disappointments, Ubisoft will always hold a special place in my heart.

Love them or Hate them, on their 30th Anniversary, I felt Ubisoft put up a good Press Conference.

If you missed it, you can watch the entire Press Conference here.

No big surprise reveals for me. Ghost Recon Wildlands and For Honour will be something I'm looking forward to. Wildlands' vast open-world with 4 player co-op, will be fun with friends. For Honour looks promising, if they can pull it off.

Watch Dogs 2 looks like it will be a fun open-world to dig into with all that gadgets and hacking possibilities. I just wished they kept the Assassin's Creed-like parkour out of it and force the player to use the tech stuff to get in & out. Just to give a different feel to the different Ubisoft games.

Once again, PlayStation gamers get a bonus as we will be getting all DLC 30 days earlier than the rest. There was also an announcement of a Watch Dogs movie so the franchise is definitely here to stay. Getting more excited for Watch Dogs 2, got to start on the first game soon!

No Ubisoft Conference is complete without something Assassin's Creed-related so we got to see some behind-the-scenes footage of the upcoming movie along with some new scenes from the film. Big hopes for this one!

Virtual Reality is coming to gamers very, very soon. Ubisoft had some games of their own but I didn't like the VR stuff shown here. It's going to take a lot more than this to convince me to throw money for a VR set.

Overall, it was a good conference. I saw more of what I wanted to see but no big reveal like last year. For me, there's 3 big releases to look forward to, along with 1 highly anticipated movie. Bring it on Ubisoft!

Monday 13 June 2016

E3 2016: Thoughts, Rumours, Predictions, Updates & More

It's that time of the year! All the biggest gaming news at E3 2016!

We have got some big reveals and announcements in the weeks & months leading up to this week and here are some of my favourites that will be at E3 2016.

Ghost Recon Wildlands

Announced at last year's E3, this was my favourite among the Tom Clancy Shooters. Love the Cartel theme and it's looking good but just a little worried after seeing all the Division's bugs and problems. Hoping it won't disappoint.

Mafia 3

Who doesn't love the old school Mobsters? Haven't touched the previous one but gonna get that completed before this releases in October.

Watch Dogs 2

Another of those games where I bought the game and the Collector's Edition in fact but have yet to touch. First one didn't get amazing reviews so I wasn't in a rush to play it but I might have t try it out to see if the 2nd deserves a purchase.

and a couple of others.. A couple of huge announcements to build the hype for E3 were definitely needed but the real excitement of E3 shows is watching reveal of a new game or IP during the live shows itself. 

So what am I expecting or hoping to see this year?

God of War 4

Haha I have been predicting the announcement of a new God of War for 2 years now I think? But I'm hoping to be 3rd time lucky this year and I'm confident about it, especially with this leak a few months back, showing what is apparently God of War 4 concept art set in Norse Mythology.

Rockstar Games

A lot of mystery surrounding this Publisher. Red Dead Redemption 2? Red Dead Redemption Remastered? GTA V Story DLC? 

In fact, a supposedly cancelled game seems to be resurrected just a week ago. There's reports that Rockstar Games renewed the Agent Trademark

Assassin's Creed

Ubisoft will have plenty to show during their Press Conference but this will be the first time in several years that we won't have a Assassin's Creed game at E3.. Or will we? 

There's definitely a AC game in the works though we won't be seeing it this year. Perhaps we might get a tease or something? Ok.. maybe we won't but what about a Mobile game or some remastered Collection of sorts. It will be a weird E3 without Assassin's Creed especially with a huge movie releasing in late December.

Prince of Persia

Err.. ok never mind this..

Mortal Kombat X Kombat Pack 3

NetherRealm Studios will be busy with Injustice 2 which they just revealed but fans have been asking for a MKX Kombat Pack 3 and it has been sort of teased.. So where better to announce it than E3?

Uncharted 4 DLC/ The Last of Us 2

There should be some update regarding Uncharted 4 Story DLC but I'm thinking the rumours of Naughty Dog announcing The Last of Us 2 is a bit far-fetched. Might just be too soon for that.

Can't think of anything else at the moment so I'm just hoping there will be some nice surprises. The Live Show Schedules for tonight are as follows..

Microsoft - 12.30am, June 14 SGT
Ubisoft - 4.00am, June 14 SGT
Sony - 9.00am, June 14 SGT

Ubisoft and Sony's conferences will be the ones I'll be looking forward to and watching live, so drop me a message if you are watching too!

Payday 2: Biker Packs DLC trailer

I don't usually update the blog with new Payday 2 content anymore because nothing ever comes to the PS4, where I play, but exceptions can always be made.

The latest update to Payday 2 (on the PC only) is the Biker Packs DLC, which was teased a while back with this teaser.

And the trailer was released for E3.. Funny how I thought the first biker had a resemblance to Jax Teller from Sons of Anarchy and then.. Watch it for yourself..

Clay! Featuring Ron Pearlman! Effing awesome! Love the biker theme in this new pack and you can't get anyone better to join the Heisters!

Whether this new DLC ever comes to the consoles is another thing but I'll just have to keep hoping..

Watch Dogs 2 Collector's Editions revealed

With the announcement of Watch Dogs 2 by Ubisoft, there were bound to be several Special Editions accompanying its release... but I definitely wasn't expecting 6!

Here's the details..

Deluxe Edition

- Watch Dogs 2 Game
- 2 Personalisation Packs

A slight upgrade to the standard game with 2 customization packs.

Gold Edition

Watch Dogs 2 Game
- Season Pass
- 2 Personalisation Packs

If you are convinced about the game, then go all out on the gaming content with the Season Pass which will include future DLCs with additional missions and customization options. 

San Francisco Edition

Watch Dogs 2 Game
- Premium San Francisco-themed packaging
- Marcus 24cm high-end figurine
- A double-sided map of San Francisco featuring in-game hot spots such as the DedSec headquarters, gang territories, various shops and areas of interest
- 3 lithographies of San Francisco, Marcus and DedSec
- San Francisco-themed Laptop Stickers
- 2 Personalisation Packs

Something for the collectors, a must-have statue along with other goodies. No Season Pass included in this though, so you might need to spend more to get all the gaming content.

The Return of the DedSec Collector's Case

Watch Dogs 2 Gold Edition
- Exclusive Collector’s Case: while unboxing the collector’s edition, the player will see animated DedSec art ‘come to life’ via a dynamic lenticular effect.
- DedSec art Marcus Figurine : high end 27cm Marcus figurine with a full DedSec branded art wall diorama
- Marcus’ scarf and cap replica
- An exclusive 64 page artbook with concept arts that inspired the game
- A double-sided map of San Francisco featuring in-game hot spots such as the DedSec headquarters, gang territories, various shops and areas of interest
- 3 lithographies of San Francisco, Marcus and DedSec
- DedSec- themed Laptop Stickers
- 2 Personalisation Packs

Similar to recent Assassin's Creed Collectors' Editions, there will be 2 types of statues available for the 2nd installment of the Watch Dogs series. This edition also throws in more goodies as well as the Gold Edition of the game, which includes the Season Pass. Definite buy for the hardcore fans!

Wrench Junior Robot Collector’s Pack

Watch Dogs 2 Gold Edition
- Wrench Junior Robot: a 20cm replica of the in-game character. Wrench Junior robot is a motorized and endearing companion, controlled by an app (Android or IPhone), that moves, has emotions, interacts with pre-recorded sentences, and lets its owner the possibility to transmit his own personal message.

Something different from the regular Collector's Editions.. I'm actually curious to see how functionable these things are. There's been a couple of other 'Robot' editions with other games but this one has my interest. Also how safe are these with little kids at home (For both parties actually).

I haven't played the first Watch Dogs game so I will consider this, only if I really love the series.

All pre-orders will also receive the Zodiac Killer Mission as a bonus..

Some of these editions may only be available in certain regions or receive slightly different content but that's pretty much it. So.. tell me.. Which edition are you going for?

Thursday 9 June 2016

Watch Dogs 2 announced!

Watch Dogs 2 has finally been announced and revealed officially!

With no Assassin's Creed game this year, Watch Dogs 2 was highly anticipated to receive a sequel and with E3 2016 just a couple of days away, it was a matter of when rather than if.

Here it is, the official trailer reveal..

I haven't played the first but there looks like Watch Dogs 2 has plenty more fun gadgets and machines to play around with, while keeping the open world playground.

Join DedSec? Haha, I like Ubisoft's marketing strategy where they get gamers to join these factions.. Join the Assassin Brotherhood, the Templars, We are Ghosts.. and now the DedSec faction. Good one though!

Also, here's the World Premiere where the developers talk about the thought process in developing the game plus lots of details on what we can expect in the sequel.

Definitely an interesting watch for players who like to know what goes on behind the scenes. I like the fact they put out a video like this together with the reveal trailer so that we can get the info straight up.

Love it or Hate it but there's several tiered Special Editions announced for Watch Dogs 2 but I can't find the pics as of now. Will update the blog again once I got the pics..

Nov 15 release date.. Are you ready? Who else is looking forward to this?

Most people found the first game a bit too repetitive and boring but it was the same for the first Assassin's Creed game.. but I'm looking forward to see if they can fix the problems and make an overall better sequel.